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August 17th, 2016 - 2:08 PM

What you should know about Penske® moving  ​

Every long distance move needs a reliable and affordable moving solution. And while you may be considering a Penske truck as your mode of transportation, don’t make any decisions before exploring all of your options. Take a look at the products and services offered — like truck sizes, trailer options, fuel costs and prices. Do they provide what you need? The information below can help you decide if a Penske rental truck is the best route to take, or if a hybrid service like U-Pack can make your move more convenient and cost-effective.

Penske truck rental

Penske rentals​

Like many other truck rental companies, Penske offers their customers multiple equipment options to choose from — four truck sizes and two towing options. Here’s the breakdown of each:

  • 12-foot moving truck
    • Interior dimensions: 12’ x 6’ 6” x 6’ 1” (LWH), holds the furnishings of 1-2 rooms
    • Seats two people
    • Gets up to 12 mpg with a 33-gallon tank
    • Does not come with a loading ramp
    • Towing options not available
  • 16-foot moving truck
    • Interior dimensions: 16’ x 7’ 7” x 6’ 6” (LWH), holds the furnishings of 2-3 rooms
    • Seats two people
    • Gets up to 12 mpg with a 40-gallon tank
    • Comes with a loading ramp
    • Offers vehicle towing options
  • 22-foot moving truck
    • Interior dimensions: 21’ 3” x 7’ 8” x 8’ 1” (LWH), holds the furnishings of 3-5 rooms
    • Seats three people
    • Gets up to 10 mpg with a 50-gallon tank (uses diesel fuel)
    • Comes with a loading ramp
    • Offers vehicle towing options
  • 26-foot moving truck
    • Interior dimensions: 25’ 11” x 8’ 1” x 8’ 7” (LWH), holds the furnishings of 5-7 rooms
    • Seats three people
    • Gets up to 10 mpg with a 50-gallon tank (uses diesel fuel)
    • Comes with a loading ramp
    • Offers vehicle towing options
  • Car carrier
    • Handles up to 4,050 lbs.
    • Ramp included
    • Designed for front-wheel, four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles
    • Maximum wheel base of 125 inches
  • Tow dolly
    • Handles up to 4,300 lbs.
    • Ramp attached
    • Designed for front-wheel drive vehicles
    • Maximum wheel base of 125 inches

What size rental truck do I need?

The truck size you need depends on how much you’re moving. And even though the different truck sizes are labeled with the number of rooms they’re designed to hold, choosing the right one can still be tricky — things like bulky furniture and extra closets can make a difference. If you run out of space, there are a couple of options: unload everything and swap it out for a bigger truck, or rent a second truck (which means you’ll need another driver, too). Both options are doable, but not super convenient in the middle of a long distance move. If you happen to rent a truck that’s too big, you’ll pay for unused space (and normally extra fuel since the bigger trucks get fewer miles per gallon).

How do Penske truck rentals work?​

Because Penske is a truck rental company, you’ll complete the entire move by yourself. Here’s how it works:

  • You pick up the equipment and take it home
  • You load your belongings into the truck
  • You drive it to your new home
  • You unload the items
  • You return the equipment

Getting behind the wheel of an unfamiliar truck can be uncomfortable for many people. If you aren’t familiar with driving a large truck, take your time and drive safe.

Penske offers two types of moves:  round-trip and one-way.

Round-trip. This type of move requires the customer to pick up and drop off the rental truck at the same location. Because of this, round-trips are typically best for local relocations. Customers are charged according to how many days they use the truck and how many miles they drive.

One-way. This type of move allows customers to pick up the truck at one location and drop it off at another — usually the better option for long distance moves. One-way moves come with unlimited mileage, but a set number of days. At last check, extra days can be purchased ahead of time for $50 per day or during the move for $100 per day.

Frequently asked questions​

How old do I have to be to rent a Penske truck? According to the Penske website, you must be at least 18 years old and have two forms of valid ID (driver’s license, passport, social security card, military ID, etc.) to rent their trucks. A CDL isn’t required.

How much does Penske cost? Penske truck rental rates vary depending on the type of move, date of move and how much will be moved — you can get an online quote from their website. However, there are a few things to consider beyond the rental price. Keep in mind that you’ll have to pay a $9.00 environmental fee as well as fuel costs. You can use our fuel estimator to get an idea of how much money you’ll spend on gas. Penske also offers several different coverage options, all of which are additional expenses:

  • Limited Damage Waiver (LDW)
  • Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
  • Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI – must be at least 21 years of age to purchase this one)
  • Cargo Insurance (CAI)
  • Towing Insurance (TWI)

Note: Insurance rates vary depending on the truck size you rent.

Can I tow my vehicle behind the truck? You can if you're using Penske tow equipment, but according to their website, “Not all vehicles meet our weight, width, tire size, wheelbase and drive shaft requirements.” You can see if your car meets the requirements by calling a Penske representative.

Do I have to stop at weight stations? The Penske website doesn’t specify whether or not their trucks are required to stop at weigh stations. Instead, they inform customers to pay attention to road signs, including weigh station signs. Learn more about rental trucks and weigh stations.

Looking for an alternative? Try U-Pack®

If you’re looking for an easier way to move, give U-Pack a try! U-Pack gives customers the flexibility to use as much space as they need and only pay for what they use. We have two options: a moving trailer and a ReloCube® moving container.  The trailer is 28’ x 8’ x 9’ and is equivalent in size to a 26-foot Penske truck plus a 12-foot truck. Use as little as five linear feet in the trailer, or the whole thing. If you choose to move your household goods in the containers, you can reserve as many as you think you’ll need, and only pay for the ones you use. Here’s how U-Pack moving works:

  • We deliver an empty trailer or container to your home
  • You pack and load your belongings
  • We drive to your new home (estimated time of 2-5 business days)
  • You unload
  • We pick up the empty equipment

Our rates are comparable to Penske truck rental prices and already include the equipment, delivery, fuel, driver, damage coverage, taxes and tolls. And you don’t have to drive a bulky rental truck cross country! Get a free online quote or call a U-Pack representative at 800-413-4799 to compare pricing. 


If you have additional questions about how Penske compares to U-Pack, leave us a comment below. We’re happy to help you plan your move!

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